This historic neighborhood in Alabama is the place to go for local products and gifts you won’t find anywhere else.
Run by a stylish mother-daughter duo, this shop is Five Points’ go-to for trendy dresses ($387) and shoes ($41). You’ll find Tibi, Yoana Baraschi, and the owners’ own label, Envy. During the holidays, shoppers who use Envy’s eco-friendly bags get 10% off their most expensive nonsale item. 617 Meridian Street North; envyboutiqueonline.com
Caroline’s Five Points Boutique
This boutique is the city’s main retailer for local designers Shelia Lee and Ebony Cromartie. Aside from selling their lines—Mizz Pearlz Girlz and ECHT Clothing, respectively—the ladies also take custom orders and do on-site alterations. You’ll also find plenty of statement-making bling—earrings ($20), fabulously gaudy rings, and bracelets ($45) perfect for dressing up a simple holiday look. 708 Andrew Jackson Way NE.; 256/585-2215
Wardrobe consultant Lois Ann Marin is at the helm of this chic little shop. Housed in a historic home, her store showcases a collection of glittery cocktail dresses, sophisticated silk blouses, and flirty skirts from the likes of Annie Griffin and Britt Ryan. 409 Pratt Avenue NE.; personalcoutureboutique.com
The Switch House
Everything in this cozy boutique, named for its location in the old train lumberyard where the train tracks used to be switched, is made within 60 miles of the city. The space has become a gallery for local artists (including owner Monique Given), selling upcycled clothing, soy candles ($12-$25), fine art paintings, and metal jewelry. 120-A Cleveland Avenue; 256/656-3346
Richard Cable Interiors
Everything in this boutique furniture shop reflects interior designer Richard Cable’s aesthetic toward creating warm, inviting spaces. You’ll find wooden chests, plump sofas, pumpkin-colored pillows, and cozy rugs. 704 Humes Avenue NE.; richardcableinteriors.com
In Bloom Five Points
The retail part of Huntsville’s most beloved flower design studio stocks great regional crafts, including a line of custom hand towels from Mississippi called Hanging By A Thread and salvaged hurricane tin signs by Blackwater Folk Art in Milton, Florida. 504 Pratt Avenue; inbloomhuntsville.com
Time for a Shopping Break?
Stop for Sunday brunch at 1892 East Restaurant & Tavern, a homey neighborhood spot that focuses on modern fare with a down-home twist. Try the Southern Benedict ($12), two poached eggs served with gravy on a house-made biscuit. 720 Pratt Avenue NE; 1892east.com
Craving something spicy with an international flair? Thai Garden Restaurant has some of the most authentic beef panang ($11) around. 800 Wellman Avenue; ilovethaigarden.com